Tuesday, 21 June 2011

Sewing Tuesday: Baby Penguin.

Hi! I saw in the news that people have discovered a new thing about penguins! When penguins huddle together for warmth they do a kind of Mexican wave to shuffle everyone around, making sure everyone has a turn in the middle! 

This Mexican wave penguin huddle is pretty cute. But a Mexican wave baby penguin huddle would be even cuter!
Here's how to make your very own Baby Penguin. Maybe you could make a whole huddle! Let's just start with one though.

You will need:

  • Grey, black and white felt.
  • Black and grey thread.
  • Glue.
  • Stuffing.
  • A penny.
  • Pins.
  • A needle.
  • A pencil.
  • Some paper.
  • Scissors.

Pattern Pieces.
1. Draw the body shape below on to your paper. Draw it the size that you want your penguin to be. Make sure you have enough grey felt to cut out two of these body shapes,with a bit left over for other parts.

2. Cut out the body shape and use it to draw the head shape. Draw around the top of the body shape three times like in the picture below. 
3. Draw foot shapes and wing shapes on to your paper.

4. Cut these shapes out, cut across the bottom of the head shapes.
5. Draw a wiggle on one head shape like in the picture below. Cut along the wiggle.

6. Fold some of the grey felt over in half and pin the body and a wing shape to it.
7. Pin one head shape to the white felt.
8. Pin the wiggly head shape and the other head shape to the black felt.
9. You probably won't be able to pin the feet to the felt if they are quite small. Now that you have practised drawing the shape and cutting it out in paper, you should be able to cut the feet out of the felt without a pattern with no problems!

Here's how you pin them:

10. Cut all of these shapes out. Save a few of the small triangles you get from cutting out the feet. One of these could be the right size for a beak.

Assembling the penguin.
11. The picture below shows what you should have.

12. Glue the black wiggly head piece to the white head piece. Do two little stitches in the white spaces for eyes.

13. Put the two body pieces together like a sandwich with nothing inside and pin them together.
14. Sew around the curved edge with over stitch and double thread that matches the felt. I'm using black so that you can see my stitches. Start from the bottom corner next to the flat edge. Don't sew up the flat edge!

15. When you have sewn all the way around the curved edge, stuff the body tightly with stuffing.

16. Draw around the bottom of the body on to the grey felt.
17. Cut the circle out.

18. Pop it on to the bottom of the body and start to sew around with over stitch like in the picture below.

19. Before you get all the way around, pop the penny in to the bottom like in the picture below.
20. Sew up the rest of the way around the bottom.

21. Put a tiny dab of glue on to the back of the penguin face and glue it to the top of the body with a bit sticking up like this:

22. Do the same with the black head piece so it looks like this:

23. Sew up the edge of the head with over stitch using matching thread. I'm using grey thread so that you can see what I'm doing.

24. Put a small amount of glue on the top of the wings and glue them on to the side seam near the head. 
25. Glue the feet on to the bottom of the penguin.

26. Find one of the tiny triangles you cut out earlier and put a tiny amount of glue on the penguin's face where you want it to go. Put the short edge of the triangle in to the glue and hold it for a few seconds until it stays.

And you're done! Ooh what a cute little penguin!

I'd like to see anything that you have made! Not just penguins!
Upload a picture and show me your sewing here: http://www.flickr.com/groups/sewingtuesday/